VOLKSWAGEN is concentrating on driver assistance technology with the launch of the latest Polo GTI - fastest version of the firm's mid-size hatchback range.
Powering the spritely newcomer is a familiar 204bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; enough for 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds.
IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, used for the first time in a Polo GTI, enables semi-automated driving. The system can take over the steering, braking and accelerating of the new Polo GTI from rest to the control limit of Travel Assist (130mph).
For longitudinal guidance, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist calls upon familiar systems like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Latitudinal guidance is supported by Lane Assist, which comes as standard. The driver can activate the system via the Travel Assist button in the redesigned, multifunctional, leather sports steering wheel.
The driver's hands mustremain on the steering wheel whilst using this system, meaning the driver is always responsible for the car.
The new Polo GTI also comes with a sports chassis, tailored specially to the car, as standard. It lowers the chassis by 15 millimetres.
The new Polo GTI now comes as standard with the new IQ.Light - LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grille bar as a distinctive enhancement to the daytime running light. This sees the sporty new Polo form a stylistic bridge to Volkswagen's fully-electric ID models.
The most striking visual change to the rear of the latest Polo GTI is the newly-designed LED rear lights with animated brake light and integrated dynamic indicators, which indicate a change in direction with flowing light movements.
The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which is integrated in the side of the bumper and controlled via the main headlights, has been redesigned and now gives an even more concise lighting effect, says VW.
The new Polo GTI is available in five colours: Deep Black Pearl Effect, Smoke Grey Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Uni, and Reef Blue Metallic. The latter three chassis colours can be combined with a contrasting black roof as an option (Roof Pack). The car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard and can also be ordered with optional 18-inch alloys.
Prices will be announced in coming months, nearer to the UK on-sale date.